Kids, Motherhood, Parenting

For Everything There is a Season, Especially in Motherhood

The Bible tells us that for everything there is a season. This holds true for the climate, plants, crops, sports, school and life in general. It applies in particular to motherhood. Everything is a season in motherhood. (Parenthood, actually, but I (Laura) am speaking from a mother’s perspective). The newborn days, infant months, toddler years. Considering when… Read More For Everything There is a Season, Especially in Motherhood

Brainerd Lakes Area, Kids, Motherhood, Parenting, Thrift Store

Previously Loved | Thrift Store Shopping Hacks for Busy Parents

I can’t even begin to tell you how stoked I am as to how popular our previous post, Gently Used & Previously Loved -Thrift Stores in the Brainerd Lakes Area has been with UpNoPa readers. This subject is near-and-dear to my heart for many reasons, but the main one is how, over the last 20+ years,… Read More Previously Loved | Thrift Store Shopping Hacks for Busy Parents

Crafts, Kids, Parenting

National Grandparents Day | 4 Ways to Make Them Feel Extra Special

Grandparents love every gift they get from their grandchildren. It doesn’t matter if that gift is a leaf, rock, flower or a beautiful painted canvas, it’s the thought (and the cute gift giver) that counts. September 10th is National Grandparents Day, an unofficial holiday focused on celebrating grandparents everywhere. And while even a hug would… Read More National Grandparents Day | 4 Ways to Make Them Feel Extra Special

Kids, Motherhood, Parenting, Summer

Going to the Beach with Kids | 12 Summer Must Haves to Make Beach Trips a Success

Once upon a time, I thought going to the beach was a relaxing, restful way to spend the day. And then I had a baby. Now, a trip to the beach is mostly filled with trying to keep my son Raleigh from stealing other kids’ toys. It doesn’t matter that we brought an entire bag… Read More Going to the Beach with Kids | 12 Summer Must Haves to Make Beach Trips a Success

Brainerd Lakes Area, Kids, Product + Service Reviews, Road Trips, Zoo

Pine Grove Zoo Little Falls, MN | The Second Oldest Zoo in the State of Minnesota

Pine Grove Zoo is a gem in Little Falls, Minnesota, and it’s a hidden treasure to many (even those who live only 30 minutes away!) It offers a wide variety of animals, many of which aren’t at other local zoos. It also provides a beautifully landscaped, well maintained layout that allows for a quick trip around the zoo, or a more leisurely day, depending on the time available. We all commented that it is the perfect size for a trip around the zoo before the kids start to get tired and cranky. We were able to get in and out before the nap time meltdowns began!… Read More Pine Grove Zoo Little Falls, MN | The Second Oldest Zoo in the State of Minnesota